Russian forces attempt to take Severodonetsk, one of the largest Ukrainian-controlled cities in the east. If Russia takes the city, it would take almost all of Luhansk, much of the Donbas region. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow’s combat power is at “maximum” strength in its bid to capture the area.
Severodonetsk: “Most of this besieged city is controlled by Russian forces,” Serhiy Hadai, the chief of the region’s military administration, said in an update to Telegram — more than half earlier — though he said the city was “not surrounded “is. The city’s critical infrastructure has been destroyed and most homes damaged — about 60 percent of which is beyond repair, Hadai said. It is “impossible” to get humanitarian aid or people out because of the Russian shelling, he said.
Donbas region: Russia must seize the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk and a major road connecting the cities of Dnipro and Donetsk to achieve its likely goal of taking the entire eastern Ukrainian provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, the British Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update Tuesday. Severodonetsk is located about 75 miles northeast of Kramatorsk.
Kharkiv region: Photos showed buses evacuating people from the city of Kupiansk, on the outskirts of Kharkov, on Monday. Reuters reported that the city was under control of Russian forces. The Kremlin’s forces have been prevented from taking Ukraine’s second-largest city, but they occupy about a third of the wider Kharkov region, according to the regional military administrator.
Kherson region: According to the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, Ukrainian and Russian forces are fighting for control of some parts of this southern region, where Ukraine wants to disrupt the Russian frontline. However, the Ukrainian counter-attacks are limited in scope and analysts at the institute believe they will not be able to take back the city of Kherson, which was under Russian occupation in the early days of the war. A local separatist leader said the port city had begun shipping grain to Moscow — amid a Russian blockade of Ukrainian grain exports elsewhere.
Amy Cheng, Andrew Jeong and Morgan Coates contributed to this report.